Thursday, September 30, 2010 3 comments


Supplies: paper (Making Memories, The Paper Company); image from recycled book; Sizzix Nouveau alphabet; McGill tab punch; composition notebook.

I had fun with this one! I had picked up this book for a little bit of nothing, and it's filled with the most gorgeous images. (It's by Karla Dornacher, who has a wonderful talent.) This cupcake stand was just begging to be made into a recipe book for my Secret Sister!

As usual, I lined the inside of the book with coordinating paper.

Since this is intended as a recipe book, I made tabs to divide it up. And since my decorative paper was flimsy, I used a file folder base for these tabs to make them more durable. I just adhered the decorative paper over the top of the file folder. I left the tabs blank so the recipient could choose her own categories.

I loved this book so much I almost didn't want to give it away!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1 comments

I Challenge You Wednesday: Heartfelt Creations Sunflowers

This was another of my friend's purchases that she let me try out. Let me tell you, I need to get a set of these coordinating stamps and dies! I absolutely love the sunflowers!

Supplies: stamps (Heartfelt Creations); ink (SU! Chocolate Chip, BIC Mark-Its); paper (Making Memories, unknown); Nestabilities Blossom and Labels 1; MS corner punch; dark brown flock; black gingham fabric ribbon.

I thought the MS corner punch sort of looked like a sunflower, so I used it. I really, really like this one!

Size: 5-1/2 x 7-1/2".

Supplies: stamps (Hampton Arts sentiment, Heartfelt Creations sunflowers); paper (unknown, Making Memories); ik (SU Chocolate Chip); MS corner punch; CB corner die; black gingham fabric ribbon; CM circle cutter; orange rhinestones; dark brown flocking.

I've been having so much fun making lacy creations with my MS corner punches lately! I've found that once you experiment with them for a bit, it's really quite easy and fast.

See the inside of the sunflowers? I used brown flock to make them a little more realistic. It gives it more of the bumpy look I was after, and it's a really neat texture, too.

Size: 5-1/2 x 7-1/2".

Well, that's it for me this week. Now you can go check out what my friend made. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 0 comments

Seatwork Notebook

Supplies: stamps (Daisy Hill and Studio G alphabets); ink (white, BIC Mark-Its); paper (Making Memories, The Paper Company); composition notebook.

In addition to the spelling notebook, my son needed a seatwork notebook for homeschool. I thought this one was pretty fun, and I was glad to finally get to use that number paper! It's really cute, but it has limited uses.

At first, I couldn't think of how I wanted to embellish this one. When I hit on the chalkboard look, though, I really liked it!
Monday, September 27, 2010 2 comments

Fancy footed cake plate, dollar-store style

I've had this idea in my head for awhile now, and this past weekend I found the perfect items to do it! You've probably seen the footed cake plates made from a dollar-store plate and candlestick. They can be quite lovely! But I had another idea ... something that I thought would look really, really fancy:

How's that? I'm not sure where I ever got the idea, but I had to have seen something similar before. After searching online for awhile, though, this is the closest I could come. (It's also the only similar one I could find.) $223?!? You've got to be kidding me! No offense, but anyone that buys that has to have a lot more money than sense.

Anyway, back to the project at hand ... If you want to make something similar, it will cost you about $4 (not including the E6000 glue). You need:

  • 3 dollar store figurines - $3
  • 1 matching plate - $1
  • E6000 glue - I had this on hand, and you don't need much (it's around $5 full-price at Michaels, but don't forget you can use a coupon)

The first thing you want to do is make sure your figurines can touch somewhere, probably along the bottom. Just set them down so they form a triangle and make a note of where they touch. Put a dab of E6000 glue at each of those places and stick them together. Mine were glued where the lady's skirt touches the man's foot.

You can let that dry before moving on, but it's not necessary. I was too impatient, so I just kept going. :)

Figure out what part of the figurine your plate will rest on (i.e. the highest points). In this case, it rested on the men's heads. Put a generous dab of E6000 on that spot and carefully center your plate over the whole thing.

Let it set up, and you're in business!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. The possibilities are really endless. I saw some cute clear snowmen, and they'd look really cute holding up a clear glass plate. I might just make one as a Christmas gift. :)

Spelling Notebook: Altered Composition Notebook

Supplies: stamps (Studio G letters and numbers); paper (Making Memories?, The Paper Company); Scrabble letter tiles; Sizzix bookplates die; mini brads; composition notebook.

My son needed a place to write his spelling list each day for homeschooling, so I decided to decorate this composition notebook to make it more fun.

The Scrabble tiles came from an old game that I picked up at a thrift store. It was missing quite a few pieces, but it was worth the $0.25 I paid for it just for the letter tiles. :)
Saturday, September 25, 2010 3 comments

My best shopping deals of the week

I didn't do much shopping this week, but my husband found a few things for me at some thrift stores we don't always get to. (He was out visiting and always likes to stop in on the way home!)

He got me these brand-new, never-been-scrapped 5x7" Creative Memories albums for $0.25 each. I realize they discontinued this size, but I can pull out those pages (since I can't get protectors anymore) and just add top-loading pages. For a 5x7" coverset, that's a steal!

This PSX K-3524 stamp was regularly $2, but it was half price that day ($1!). It's 3-1/2 x 4-1/2", and I love it! PSX stamps are very high quality, and this was taken care of very well. I'm thinking about making some Christmas cards with it.

I had to run out for a few groceries last night, so I stopped by Michaels while I was out. I had seen their new $1 bin items, and I liked the looks of the "Icon" set. I noticed they had a hangtag for keys and wooden stamps, so I kept checking back to see if they had gotten their shipment in yet. They were in last night!

The wooden stamps, keys and playing cards were all from the new $1 bins. I got the playing cards for the decorative side. You can't beat 50+ of those for $1!

Then I checked their clearance aisle, as I always do. I noticed they had gotten in tons of new merchandise, and that usually means some great clearance prices. I wasn't disappointed! The wax burner and candles were all on clearance for $1 each. The wax burner was regular $5.99 and the 6" candles were regular $7.99 each. I needed some tall pillar candles for a few projects, so I got all that they had! :)

These keys have so much potential, don't you think?

I'm thinking of using the larger one for a house decoration. I'm mulling over the possibilities, and I'll be sure to post when I finally use it. The smaller one is for altering purposes. I thought it would be neat as a bookmarker in an altered composition book (with the key hanging out the bottom of the book), or even as a dangling spine decoration. We'll see!

Those are my favorite finds of the week. I hope you had good shopping success this week, too!
Friday, September 24, 2010 0 comments

Magnolia Journal

I've had this sitting on my desk for a few weeks, trying to decide how I wanted to finish it off. When our Conference President and his wife visited, I decided to put her first initial on it and give it as is, since it's a lovely decorative file folder anyway.

Supplies: stamps (Inkadinkado letter); ink (Versamark with gold embossing powder); paper (Dollar Tree decorative file folder, unknown); off-white grograin ribbon; green glitter embossing powder; composition notebook.

I lined the inside front and back covers (as usual), using the same color that I used on the spine. It turned out quite lovely for such a simple project!

I was on a roll with the composition notebooks, so expect to see quite a few in the next few days!
Thursday, September 23, 2010 2 comments


Supplies: stamp (free digital image); ink: colored pencils blended with baby oil; paper (Making Memories, The Paper Company); MS corner punch; chalks

This is another free digital image I've had colored for awhile now. I simply added blue chalk to the background to make it softer, and I love the effect!

I also love how the Martha Stewart corner punch makes such neat-looking medallions. These reminded me of sunflowers.

Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2".
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 1 comments

I Challenge You Wednesday: Autumn Theme

My friend picked the challenge this week, and it couldn't have been better. We were supposed to make cards with an autumn theme. I had just picked up some notecard sets from Michaels to alter, and they were autumn images. The notecards were okay, but they didn't do justice to the lovely images, so I decided to see what I could do with them.

Supplies: stamps (sentiment by Studio G); ink (Versamark with black embossing powder); paper (recycled book scrap, Michaels notecard for image, The Paper Company); silver eyelets.

Let's start with the apple bucket images. First of all, I silhouetted the image for this card. Then I went through my scraps and found this great strip of green paper that needed to be used. It worked really well, so I went from there.

Supplies: stamps (SU! sentiment); ink (Veramark with silver and black embossing powders); paper (Making Memories, The Paper Company, image from Michaels notecard); CB corner die; office brads.

For this card, I decided to see what I could do by simply cutting the image as a rectangle from the original notecard. The color is a bit "off" in the picture because those apples match the gingham quite well in real life.

One of my favorite discoveries on this card was the brads! I've made glitter brads with glittery embossing powder before, but I never tried a solid color. I'm not sure why. I guess I thought the gold of the original brad would show through, but it didn't. This worked wonderfully! I started out with regular gold office brads and successfully made them into white, black and silver brads. If I didn't tell you that they didn't originally come in that color, you'd never know.

Supplies: stamps (Studio G sentiment; Michaels $1 wheat); ink (SU! Chocolate Chip, Versamark with gold embossing powder); paper (Provo Craft, The Paper Company, image from Michaels notecard); yellow picot ribbon; Nestabilities Labels 8; office brads.

I dearly love this basket and its contents!

Supplies: paper (K&Co, The Paper Company, image from Michaels notecard); off-white crocheted lace; Nestabilities Labels 8; dew drops; dimensionals.

I loved how well this paper and lace matched the image, so I kept things simple to highlight them.

Supplies: stamp (Michaels $1 bin sentiment); ink (Versamark with silver embossing powder "distressed" with black Sharpie); paper (K&Co, image from Michaels notecard); Nestabilities Labels One; CB corner die; off-white crocheted lace; leaf brad (Target $1 spot); brown ribbon.

This was the "pile it on" card of the series. I got the sentiment a little crooked, but hopefully it won't be too painfully obvious to the recipient of this card. I have since purchased a stamp positioner, so hopefully this will be the last crooked image/sentiment on my cards! :)

I had a lot of fun with this challenge. You can see what my friend did here. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 1 comments

SALE at my Etsy shop

In case you're interested, I've slashed prices (up to 50%) on the items in my Etsy shop that are expiring in the next few days.


Another fun 'tween girl card

I have another bright girly 'tween card to share today. This is another image from the same series as the ones I posted yesterday. Again, I've searched and can't find where these images came from, but I'm pretty sure they were online coloring pages, and I'm pretty sure they had something to do with Holly Hobbie.

Supplies: stamps (Studio G sentiment, unknown digital image); paper (Best Occasions, American Crafts); ink (BIC Mark-Its, Rubber Stampede fuschia); CM flower and circle punches; rhinestones; ribbon; Nestabilities Scallop Circles Large.

This is based on Mojo Monday Sketch 111, in case you're interested.

These bright colors are certainly not my usual, but it was a lot of fun to work with this color scheme. Besides, I think my nieces are going to like these!

Monday, September 20, 2010 1 comments

A peek into our schoolroom

I thought I'd share a few homeschool things with you today.

I've made two new file folder games with those Dollar Tree bulletin board borders.

This first one is just something to keep my daughter busy (and happy) while I teach my son. She was disappointed that there weren't more file folder games that she knew how to play right away, so I created this one to match up the lowercase and uppercase alphabet letters. In Abeka, they call them "little" and "capital" letters, which is why I wrote the directions the way I did. :)

Here is a patterning file folder game. I got the idea from File Folder Fun. They have several that you can print, but I liked the idea of saving my printer ink and just using what I had gotten a lot cheaper - these border cutouts!

In case you're not familiar with the concept of "patterning" (at least by its name), they have to decide what image comes next in the pattern. They choose from the extra matching rectangles in a pocket on the back.

I've also been having a lot of fun making large, cute images for bulletin boards and room decorations. I love Carson-Dellosa images. They're so cute and kid-friendly! I have two of their bulletin board books, and I'm set for images and bulletin boards for a few years.

This is the first set I made:

This is hanging on our wall as an incentive for good behavior. (Lest you think my kids are terrors who rarely exhibit good behavior, I took this picture shortly after I put it on the wall!) When the gumball machine is full, we're taking a trip to the local free zoo. Bonus: When it's full, I can simply take off all the gumballs and start over.

These images are a lot bigger than they look in the picture. I didn't measure them exactly, but they're around 2 feet tall.

No, I didn't freehand them, either. I used this opaque projector to enlarge them:

You can get it from Michaels for $25 (I used a 50% coupon to take it down to $12.50). They sell more expensive models, but you're paying for magnification. I only needed 5x magnification, so that's all I paid for. I think the next model goes to 10x magnification and costs $50.

I had a bit of a learning curve with this type of projector since I'm used to the regular overhead projectors, but I'm pretty comfortable with it now. I discovered the easiest way to enlarge my images was to first reduce them to the size of the viewer on the bottom - 3.25" square. If that still wasn't big enough, I'd try to make sure at least the height or width was 3.25", and it made it a lot easier to "piece" the images together as I traced.

I've been making quite a few visuals lately, so stay tuned for future posts when those bulletin boards (and other decorations) make their way into our classroom! :)
Saturday, September 18, 2010 2 comments

Look what came in the mail yesterday!

My husband and I made a trip to Dover last Monday. While we were there, I hoped to visit a few craft stores that we don't have here. I wanted to get a Bind It All from AC Moore and a set of Nestabilities from JoAnn Fabrics (or AC Moore) since I had a really great 50% coupon and saved up some money for them.

Would you believe that they didn't have either one? I was so disappointed! I thought for sure they would have them in such a big city, but no, they didn't even have shelf tags for the Bind It All. AC Moore had a shelf tag for the Nesties I wanted, but they were out of stock (as they have been every other time I've visited their stores). JoAnn Fabrics was a HUGE disappointment in all respects. Oh well. At least they still carry fabric, right?

So I came home and decided to get serious about Ebay and a Bind It All. I was hoping to get one for about what I would have paid with a 50% coupon at AC Moore, but I wasn't holding my breath because you always have to figure in shipping when you buy from Ebay. I was pleasantly surprised, and I was able to buy this one for slightly less than I would have paid at the store (even factoring in the shipping cost):

It's not the latest version, but several people told me that the original is just as good as the 2.0. Since I got the best deal on the original, I decided I wasn't going to pay twice as much for the color pink and a few features I can work around.

If you've never seen a Bind It All in person, you might be as shocked as I was when I pulled it out of the box. It's small! But that's a good thing, because the last thing I need is a huge tool to take up lots of space in my craft room. I have very small hands, and I can hold it in one hand outstretched. It's only about three pounds, so it's not the monstrosity that my comb binding machine is, either.

I really, really like it and can't wait to make something with it!
Friday, September 17, 2010 0 comments

Some fun 'tween girl cards

I've been busy using up images I colored nearly a year ago. Unfortunately, that sometimes means that I can't remember where I found the images. (When I first started collecting digital images, I didn't realize the importance of this.) I've searched for these, but I can't locate them. I'm pretty sure they're Holly Hobbie coloring pages, so you might try searching for that, if you're interested.

As I was designing these cards, I kept my 12-year-old niece in mind and tried to think about what she would like on a card. And these cards are the result:

Supplies: stamps (Cloud 9 Designs, unknown digital image); paper (American Crafts, unknown orange); ink (BIC Mark-Its, SU! Night of Navy); Nestabilities Labels 8; Swiss Dots CB embossing folder; rhinestones.

Supplies: stamps (Cloud 9 Designs, unknown digital image); paper (American Crafts, unknown orange); ink (BIC Mark-Its, SU! Night of Navy); Nestabilities Labels 8; Swiss Dots CB embossing folder; rhinestones.

These are based on the MOJO91 sketch.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 1 comments

Hope is not knowledge ...

I used an anchor with this quote because I thought it symbolized how our hope can be anchored in God. I also chose the tiny maps since we often think of maps guiding us.

Supplies: free digital stamps (Elegant Word Art by Bethany, Fun Draw), paper (ATD Travel, The Paper Company); Nestabilities Labels 8; brown chalk; brown marker.

This Word Art is from Elegant Word Art by Bethany, and I simply paired it with some free clip art from Fun Draw.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1 comments

I Challenge You Wednesday: PSX sewing stamp

My friend got this really neat PSX sewing stamp at a thrift store. She knew that I love to sew, so she let me stamp a few images to play with. I decided this would be a good challenge - what can you do with that image?

Supplies: stamp (PSX); ink (Versamark with black embossing powder, BIC Mark-Its); paper (Dollar Tree mini file folder, The Paper Company); Nestabilities Labels 1; sheer ribbon; buttons.

Since the image was predominantly black (because of the embossing powder and the fact that it's supposed to be an antique sewing machine), I chose to accent it with red. I've always thought red/black/white were a lovely combination.

I added some faux stitching around the edges, in honor of the sewing theme.

Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2"

Supplies: stamps (PSX, Studio G sentiment); ink (Versamark with black embossing powder, BIC Mark-Its); paper (Making Memories, The Paper Company); Nestabilities Labels 8; Sizzix Sizzlets tags; red grosgrain ribbon; buttons; pearl stick pins.

I went with the same color scheme this time, only it's off-white and kraft this time instead of white. I colored the image exactly the same and simply added a few more details to the card. I experimented quite a bit with this one, and I really liked how it turned out!

The buttons, faux stitching, ribbon and stick pins are all a nod to the sewing theme.

Size: 5-1/2 x 7-1/2".

To see what my friend came up with this week, check out her blog. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 0 comments

Elegant Old-Fashioned Ladies

These old-fashioned ladies were giveaways on the Two for Tuesday blog awhile back. Since I love this style, I printed and colored a few. I was stumped what to do next, so I set them aside. Just recently I saw them again, and inspiration struck:

I used the Versamark and chalk technique to make the white background less stark:

See those fancy corners? I made them with a corner punch. Here's how:

irst of all, make a square medallion with a corner punch. Then cut them in half as shown above.

Next, trim along the inside to match the rest of the shape.

Lastly, cut off the little pieces that protrude and make it look unfinished. Then all you have to do is glue them down! (I used a liquid glue similar to Mono Multi.)
Monday, September 13, 2010 1 comments

A mini file folder rhyming game

Remember those Dollar Tree bulletin board borders I got a few weeks ago to cut up for file folder games? Well, I finally have some pictures to show you of the first mini folder I made with them.

This is a mini file folder from Dollar Tree, sized to hold 4x6" recipe cards. I used one of the cut-outs on the front to label the game.

Inside are two pockets (also from Dollar Tree) labeled "Rhyme" and "Don't Rhyme." I put two words each on 12 cutouts. If the words on the cutout rhyme with each other, the child puts it into the "Rhyme" pocket. If the words on the cutout don't rhyme with each other, he puts it into the "Don't Rhyme" pocket.

It's easy to check your child's work on this. Just tell them to leave the cards in the pockets, and then you can go back through later and see how they did.

To store the cutouts, you just shuffle them well and then place them into one of the pockets.

I'd love to see any homemade file folder games you come up with!
Friday, September 10, 2010 1 comments

Hydrangea Sympathy

This hydrangea is one of my favorite digital images, and the artist paired it with a lovely sentiment in honor of her grandmother's death awhile back. I can't for the life of me remember who the artist is, but please chime in if you know because I like to give credit where it's due.

Supplies: (free digital sentiment, unknown from SCS); paper (Provo Craft); ink (BIC Mark-Its); MS doily lace border punch; paper doily.

The sentiment and flower come on the same digital image, and I was originally planning to use it that way. But then I got the idea to cut around the hydrangea, and I really, really like the effect. This is so pretty and feminine - it's exactly what I was going for. It might not be the "norm" for a sympathy card, but I think it conveys a sense of peace and dignity.
Thursday, September 9, 2010 1 comments

A little girl and her doll

I loved this digi stamp from the moment I laid eyes on her! Some little girl is going to enjoy receiving this card about as much as I enjoyed making it.

Supplies: stamp (unknown digital stamp); paper (American Crafts, Making Memories); ink (BIC Mark-Its); paper doily; ribbon (unknown); Nestabilities Labels 8.

Since this is another of the images I've had colored for nearly a year, I can't remember who the designer is. I have quite the collection of digital stamps, and I can't seem to find it on my flash drive where I store them all. If you happen to know the name of the company, please let me know so I can credit them for this adorable image (and so I can find it on my flash drive to print some more).
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 1 comments

I Challenge You Wednesday: One Layer, No Dimension

My friend picked our first Wednesday challenge of the new schoolyear: Make a card with only one layer, no dimension. Boy, was this a hard challenge! I'm a layers girl, especially since I like using my BIC markers, which will bleed through most papers. I'm not sure that these are my favorite cards of all time, but I was pleased enough to post them! :)

Supplies: stamps (Inkadinkado, PSX sentiment; SU! Script background); ink (black, Versamark with chalk); Nestabilities Labels 8.

I used the embossing-only technique with the Nestabilities on this one. I had never had success with it before, but I discovered that (at least for me), it makes a difference which way you put it into the machine. I had always put it facing up because it was easiest to keep in place, but it always cut through my cardstock. When I put it facing down (didn't change the "sandwich" at all), it worked perfectly. Is that strange or what??

Supplies: stamps (Inkadinkado); ink (Versamark with black and Stardust embossing powders).

I love the damask stamp, the sentiment and the sparkle, but this card doesn't really thrill me that much. It needs something else ... which I expect is layers! ;) I'm keeping it "as is," though, because I'm not going to cheat!!

Now you'll want to go check out what my friend made for this week's challenge. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 1 comments

Feminine Friend Birthday

I've been hoarding this floral paper scrap for a long time. I hate to use the last piece of my favorite papers, but I really need to force myself to do it. They get wrinkled in my scrap box if they're there for two years, and no one can enjoy them in the scrap box anyway.

So I pulled out a few papers and got to work creating this card that I dearly love:

Supplies: stamps (rose unknown from my friend, Fiskars sentiment); paper (Anna Griffin, unknown); ink (SU! Rose Romance); MS PATP Iron Gate Fence border punch; Nestabilities Scallop Circles Large; pink pearl dimensional paint; dimensionals; hot glue pearls; silk flower leaves.
Monday, September 6, 2010 0 comments

Enjoy the Journey

I needed to replenish my masculine birthday card stash, as well as reduce some of my paper stash. I managed to kill two birds with one stone on this card (which ended up being an identical set of eight):

Supplies: stamps (Tim Holtz); paper (ATD, The Paper Company); ink (Versamark with clear embossing powder, SU! Chocolate Chip); ribbon (Michaels).
Friday, September 3, 2010 1 comments

Weekly Shopping Deals

I've done my shopping piecemeal this week since we started school and I no longer have the luxury of a full day to grocery shop. I got some great deals all week long, though, so let me share them with you.

First of all, these are the deals I just got today. If you have a Superfresh near you, these deals are good through next Thursday. You will definitely want to stop in!!

  • 5 pouches (8 ozs each) Kraft shredded cheese - FREE after sale, coupon and Bonus Bucks
  • 5 bars (8 ozs each) Kraft chunk cheese - FREE after sale, coupon and BB
  • Breyer's ice cream - $1.79 (limit 1, 4-day sale)
  • 2 Hillshire Farms polska kielbasa - $1.99 each
  • 3 bags Lay's potato chips - 3/$5 (limit 3, 4-day sale)

TOTAL: $10.65 for all

Note: My husband and I were amused with the total savings (not sure if it's yearly or lifetime) on the bottom of my receipt: $1,326.49. That reminded me why I don't buy anything there that's not on sale. :) Their regular prices are outrageous!

After figuring in the rest of the items I bought (in the picture), this shopping trip came out to $18.16.

Earlier in the week (Monday actually), I hit Staples, Rite Aid and Walgreens for their especially good deals:

Rite Aid
  • 2 bags Doritos - $1.50 each after sale and UP reward
  • Nivea lip moisturizer - $1 profit after coupon, rebate and UP reward
  • poster lights - FREE after rebate (I got this to finish my UP rewards, so that I would get everything I put out back in cash.)
  • Always pads - $0.99 after sale, coupon and rebate
  • Colgate toothbrush - $0.25 after sale, UP reward and coupon
  • Colgate toothpaste - $0.25 after sale, UP reward and coupon

TOTAL: $3.49 for all


  • 2 Softsoap body washes (not pictured, not sure why??) - 2/$0.25 after sale, coupons and Register Reward
  • Colgate Total toothpaste - $0.99 after RR (It's my dh's favorite, so I "splurged"!) :)
  • 4 lbs real butter (not pictured because I had to get a raincheck) - $8.00 (what I'm using my RR on)

TOTAl: $9.24 for all


  • 2 reams paper - $0.50 each after rebate
  • 2 packs (12/pack) Staples sticky notes - $1 each (reg. $11+!!)
  • 2 Staples school glue - $0.01 each
  • BIC round stic pens - $0.01
  • poster putty (this is the only kind that sticks, folks!) - $1
  • HP printer ink - I used my ink fund money to buy this, but it was on sale: buy $40, save $10.

The ink didn't ring up instantly, as the sale paper seemed to indicate, and I'm glad I asked. The cashier brushed it off saying it would come as Staples Rewards. The manager overheard and checked on it. Sure enough, it was a coupon they have that they are supposed to know to scan. (It doesn't say it anywhere, so it's nobody's fault but corporate.) She said I was the first person that asked about it, so I'm sure several other people had been "ripped off" during the sale ... Anyway, it brought my price per cartridge down to about $8 per ink cartridge, once you figure in the ink recycling reward I'll get for each of them. Not bad, considering Wal-Mart wants $17 for one of them!

TOTAL: $4.03 without ink (ink came to $30 plus a little change)

I've recently increased our grocery budget to $50/week since everything in the store has increased and I don't have as much time to do the deals during the schoolyear. I'm still under budget for the week, though: $34.92! Yeah!!

We began homeschooling this week, and there were a few things that I noticed I was going to need. After our first day of school, I realized my filing space was insufficient for schooling two children in an organized manner. I was going to mention it to my husband when we were finished with school that day, but he beat me to it.

He had an appointment at the south side of town and stopped into Salvation Army where furniture was 1/2 price that day. He got me this beautiful filing cabinet (very well made) for just $5:

And I hadn't even gotten to the chance to tell him that I needed one! What is it that the Bible says about God answering our prayers before we ever knew to pray them? :)

Lastly, I came across these cowboy/cowgirl hats at Dollar Tree on Monday while my husband was looking for votive candles:

I was ecstatic because we're doing a Western theme for Cousin Camp next year, and I wanted a cowboy/cowgirl hat for each of them. These very same hats are $4 each at Michaels, and I knew I couldn't afford that. But I can handle $1 each! :) (We're going to dress them up a bit and add a "chin strap".)

I had heard Dollar Tree carried them before, but I had never seen any. I mentioned it to the lady when I checked out, and she confirmed that they do go rather quickly. I guess they got them in for Halloween ...

At any rate, I'm happy with this week's deals!